Pro Record: 32-8-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Age: 44
Sex: Male
Height: 6 Feet. 0 Inch(es).
Weight: 185 lbs.
Out of: Troutdale, OR
Born: Amarillo, TX

Evan Tanner's Professional Record

Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
06/21/2008 Loss Kendall Grove Ultimate Fight Night: TUF7 Finale Decision Split Decision 3
03/01/2008 Loss Yushin Okami UFC 82: Pride of a Champion KO 2 3:00
04/15/2006 Win Justin Levens UFC 59: Reality Check Submission Triangle Choke 1 3:14
10/03/2005 Loss David Loiseau UFC Fight Night 2 TKO/RSC 2 4:15
06/04/2005 Loss Rich Franklin UFC 53: Heavy Hitters TKO/RSC Doctor Stoppage 4 3:45 Title Fight
02/05/2005 Win David Terrell UFC 51: Super Saturday TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage 1 4:35 Title Fight
10/22/2004 Win Robbie Lawler UFC 50: The War of '04 Submission Triangle Choke 1 2:22
06/19/2004 Win Phil Baroni UFC 48: Payback Decision Unanimous Decision 3
NSF 11/21/2003 Win Phil Baroni UFC 45: Revolution TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 1 4:42
NSF 04/25/2003 Loss Rich Franklin UFC 42: Sudden Impact TKO/RSC Strikes 1 2:20
NSF 02/15/2003 Win Shannon Ritch Full Contact Fighting Federation: Fighting Against Cancer Submission Arm Triangle Choke 1 0:00
NSF 07/13/2002 Win Christopher Haseman UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall Decision Unanimous Decision 3
03/22/2002 Win Elvis Sinosic UFC 36: Worlds Collide TKO/RSC Doctor Stoppage 1 2:06
NSF 11/02/2001 Win Homer Moore UFC 34: High Voltage Submission Arm Bar from the Guard 2
02/23/2001 Loss Tito Ortiz UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk KO Slam 1 0:30 Title Fight
NSF 12/16/2000 Win Lance Gibson UFC 29: Defense of the Belts TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Strikes 1 4:58
NSF 11/25/2000 Win Travis Fulton Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 18 Submission Triangle Choke 1 4:31
NSF 07/08/2000 Win Raul Romero Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 17 TKO/RSC Strikes 1 6:59
NSF 04/24/1999 Win Vinny Nixon Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 14 Submission Key Lock 1 1:07
NSF 04/18/1999 Loss Leon Dijk Pancrase: Breakthrough 4 TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Palm Strikes 1 11:40
NSF 03/20/1999 Win Mike Cizek Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 13 Submission Strikes 1 2:06
NSF 03/05/1999 Win Val Ignatov UFC 19: Young Guns TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Elbows 1 2:57
NSF 01/08/1999 Win Darrell Gholar UFC 18: Road to the Heavyweight Title Submission Rear Naked Choke 1 7:57
NSF 12/19/1998 Win Ryushi Yanagisawa Pancrase: Advance 12 Submission 1 2:24
NSF 10/24/1998 Win Gene Lydick Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 12 Submission Rear Naked Choke 1 4:15
NSF 09/14/1998 Win Kiuma Kunioku Pancrase: 1998 Anniversary Show Decision Lost Points 1
NSF 07/26/1998 Win Justin McCully Pancrase: 1998 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2 Submission 1 5:07
NSF 07/07/1998 Win Ikuhisa Minowa Pancrase: 1998 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1 Submission 1 4:05
NSF 07/07/1998 Win Kosei Kubota Pancrase: 1998 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1 Submission 1 2:23
NSF 06/20/1998 Win Tony Castillo Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 9 TKO/RSC Referee Stoppage from Knees 1 4:06
NSF 04/18/1998 Win Wade Kroeze Gladiators Iowa 2 KO Knee 1 1:00
NSF 04/18/1998 Win Dennis Reed Gladiators Iowa 2 Submission Triangle Choke 1 1:20
NSF 03/28/1998 Win Rusty Totty Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 8 Submission Arm Triangle Choke 1 1:36
NSF 11/22/1997 Win Joe Frailey PSDA Submission Strikes 1 0:56
NSF 11/22/1997 Win Jesse Gonzales PSDA Submission Gi Choke 1 1:15
NSF 11/22/1997 Loss Heath Herring PSDA Submission Rear Naked Choke 1 8:20
NSF 10/18/1997 Win Heath Herring Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 7 TKO/RSC Strikes 1 7:53
NSF 04/12/1997 Win Mike Kennedy Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 4 Submission Palm Strikes 1 1:29
NSF 04/12/1997 Win Gary Nabors Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 4 Submission Keylock 1 2:21
NSF 04/12/1997 Win Paul Buentello Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 4 Submission Rear Naked Choke 1 2:20
: Bout results verified by an official State, Tribal, Provincial, or Municipal Commission.
NSF: Non Sanctioned Fight
* : For a variety of reasons, including weight disparity and the demands of entertainment, Exhibition Bouts are held, in which the contest is unscripted and hard fought, but the results do not count on a fighter's Official Record.
NC: Fight Declared No Contest

Fighter Bio


Evan Lloyd Tanner (born February 11, 1971 in Amarillo, Texas) is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter. He is a former UFC Middleweight and USWF Heavyweight Champion with a professional record of 32 wins and 6 losses. Tanner first won championship gold when he defeated Heath Herring at USWF 7 and would go on to successfully defend that title five times. Tanner then won the UFC Middleweight Title at UFC 51, stopping David Terrell with strikes in the first round. Tanner would lose the belt in his very next fight against Rich Franklin at UFC 53. Despite much speculation as to when he will fight next, Tanner is currently inactive.

Tanner was born in Amarillo, Texas and graduated from Caprock High School in 1989 where he won the Texas State Championships in wrestling as a junior and senior despite not starting to wrestle until he was a sophomore in high school. Tanner attended college but dropped out not because he felt that he was not receiving the kind of education that he was looking for. He then went on to travel around the country for a few years. Tanner eventually returned to Amarillo and was convinced by friends to enter a local mixed martial arts tournament which would serve as the basis for the start of his professional career.

He is widely known for teaching himself submissions and grappling using instructional video tapes created by the famous Gracie family. Tanner later changed this method once he began fighting in the UFC. Tanner is currently single and has no children. He is also an avid motorcycle enthusiast. Tanner became popular to MMA fans because of his myspace webpage in which he spoke candidly about his life and career. Tanner is a believer that a fighter needs to be both skilled and entertaining so fans will get exactly what they are looking for when they watch the sport.